It was the perfect weekend for one of the city’s best food events of the year - Taste of Atlanta! Located right in the middle of Midtown (5th/Spring), this annual food fest had a fantastic array of more than 70 restaurants and businesses ready, willing and able to serve up their finest eats and drinks.
Met up with some lovely ladies, all of whom are foodies in their own right and they were armed with cameras to take in all the action. If you aren’t yet following them online, check out Erin’s LIKEatl, Tami’s RunningWithTweezers, and Chris’ MeleCotte. Both Tami and Chris were judges at some TOA events, including the Big Green Egg Grill Off and a BBQ competition! Erin’s blog has an amazing slideshow of food from the event that will have you drooling!
Eating out is considered a luxury to a lot of people, so TOA is a great way to try the cuisine at local restaurants you haven’t yet been to and also get to know the chefs behind all the great food. Some great people to meet included Chef Keira from Pacci! They had some fantastic food at their stand, including an amazing braised short rib over a creamy polenta. Their bolognase and mushroom dishes also got rave reviews. There is a current great Scoutmob deal available for Pacci through 11/15 for those who downloaded it/have the iPhone app- so get up to $50 off your bill and try this place out!!
Gorgeous day, we paced ourselves with both savory and sweet offerings, and if you were VIP - you got access to fantastic wine and beer tastings. For the beer, Reid (@ATLBeerMaster) coordinated a great group of top craft beers and if you were lucky, you may have seen Mike (owner of The Brick Store Pub) hanging around with Bob Townsend (Beer blogger for the ACJ). Here’s a pic of Billy (@RestaurantsATL), Mike, Bob and Reid, as well a shot of the long spread of great beers from HopCity.
Some great eats of the day included Noon Midtown’s chicken and biscuit bite, Morelli’s famous Salted Carmel ice cream, Craft’s braised pork with tomato molasses in a lettuce cup, the deconstructed gyro rolls from HobNob’s Chef Ring, and the organic pumpkin ice cream from 5 Seasons West.
Also, there were food competitions, seminars and cooking demonstrations. I got to listen in as Exec Sous Chef Jason Paolini of Holeman & Finch showed a lucky group how to make their famous hamburger!
Overall an excellent event, so if you didn’t get a chance to attend this year, you should definitely go next year! If you were one of the lucky ones - I know you had a fantastic time, since I definitely did!